Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a magical experience led by incredible visuals that have Final Fantasy written all over it. I just recently had the opportunity to watch the movie on Blu-ray, which releases on October 4th, and became amazed at just how gorgeous everything looks from the worlds to the character models – it’s an incredible sight.
The story of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV builds around two divisions at war as the kingdom of Lucis has been fending off consistent advances by the empire of Niflheim. Lucis is home to a sacred crystal that protects the city through a dome shaped shield controlled by King Regis (voice acted by Sean Bean) that has been impenetrable for some time, yet the empire will stop at nothing to find a way to claim the crystal for themselves.
Built within this conflict are a group of soldiers who belong to an elite force known as the Kingsglaive commanded by King Regis. One of the soldiers is main character Nyx Ulric (voiced by Aaron Paul) who does everything he can to protect the kingdom and King Regis. The story also introduces Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae, a captive of the empire, who Nyx must also lead to find the King’s son, Noctis.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a movie all Final Fantasy fans must see. It’s absolutely gorgeous and has a cast of unique and intriguing characters. However, it does suffer from some pacing and transitioning issues that makes the story and action hard to follow at times, especially when watching the film for the first time. I had a lot of moments where I had to take a minute to figure out what was going on. I guess that’s another reason to own the movie on Blu-ray – pause and rewind!
The action scenes with Nyx and the other soldiers teleporting across the screen and leaving a colorful mist of particles on the path is beautiful to watch. Plus, seeing the empire’s demon fighter launching massive amounts of devastating projectiles is also a sight to see. I hate to give credit to the villain, but that is some awesome firepower. It’s a visually stunning movie that builds up the story for the game to come. Final Fantasy fans will be thrilled by the action and atmosphere that surrounds it.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV on Blu-ray includes four behind the scenes features that covers the film from the point of view of the voice actors, director, and composers. It’s nice to have these extras available to get a little more insight on the making of the film even though they don’t last much longer than a combined 20 minutes. I wish it did offer a little bit more.
Here’s the list of the four special features:
A Way with Words: Epic and Intimate Vocals
Fit for The Kingsglaive: Building the World
To Capture The Kingsglaive: The Process
Emotive Music: Scoring The Kingsglaive
I love experiencing this fantasy come to life on Blu-ray as it prepares me for what’s to come in Final Fantasy XV. While the movie has its issues and the viewer may need to take an extra second or two to understand the story and what’s going on in the middle of all the action and chaos, it all comes together in the end for an overall good experience. Plus, it’s seriously 110 minutes of pure eye candy.